After what felt like a really short time since our first daughter was born, my wife and I found ourselves faced with a difficult decision: what theme to choose for our little one’s first birthday party.
Being the huge Disney fans we are, we immediately began to think about something Disney-related, and eventually agreed on going with a Muppets theme, as we thought it was an original idea. But our daughter was more fascinated by Mickey Mouse. A tiny glimpse of him, be it on the TV or in the smallest print on some product, is enough to make her point, laugh, and make all sorts of funny sounds. Her first word? Not “mama,” or “dada,” but “Mickey.”
As much as we also love Disney’s main character, we wanted something a little more unique. Then it hit us: a way to combine Mickey Mouse, The Muppets, and all the Disney characters we loved … a Disney Parks theme!
This idea immediately proved to be perfect for us, since not only could we use Disney characters, but we could also take inspiration from the Parks themselves. And this meant a lot to my wife and me because we went to Disney World for our honeymoon.
What helped make the party even more magical, though, was that after my wife and I decided to wear costumes, we invited the guests to do the same … and, to our surprise, so many of them agreed! It definitely wouldn’t have been a Disney Parks party without Disney Princesses, Princes, Mickey, Goofy, and Peter Pan.
The end result was a very unique, colorful, and fun party, with a glimpse of magic from the Parks. So if you also find yourself stuck trying to come up with an original idea for a party theme, have a look at the pictures below, and maybe you’ll find the inspiration you need.
We made the invitations inspired by vintage entrance tickets from the Parks.
2. Table Decorations
We tried to divide the table decorations into areas that focus on the four main parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. In addition, we decorated it with Mickey-shaped topiaries, a character silhouette cake, and park-themed balloons.
3. Photo Station with Kermit
Kermit the Frog is ready to take pictures with the guests!
A friend made these adorable — and delicious! — cupcakes inspired by Mickey Mouse and friends.
5. Mickey Rice Krispies Treats
The famous Mickey-shaped treats can easily be made at home with a cookie cutter, and some melted chocolate and sprinkles for the ears.
6. “Poisoned” Apples
These adorably tiny Snow White-inspired apples are balls of strawberry-flavored soft candy, sprinkled with red-colored sugar. The stems are small sticks of cinnamon with a peppermint leaf. The sign reads, “These are not poisoned.”
7. Flower Lollipops
Lollipops are turned into flowers from Alice in Wonderland by attaching colorful images.
8. Beaker’s Beakers
Beaker’s beakers, filled with candy! (OK, technically those are test tubes, not beakers, but no one has to know!)
9. Worms on a Stick
Inspired by Animal Kingdom and The Lion King, we put some gummy worms on sticks. The sign reads, “Slimy Yet Satisfying.”
10. Epcot World Showcase Chocolate Bars
To represent the Epcot World Showcase, we wrapped chocolate bars with signs of worldwide destinations. We also mixed some fantasy destinations, like Neverland and Rapunzel’s Tower.
11. Coloring Backpacks
As a keepsake for the kids, we had these backpacks made — printed with a black and white drawing for them to color. Washable coloring pens were included inside the backpack.
12. Disney Costumes
My wife as Belle, me as Aladdin, and our daughter as Rapunzel (her hair is even in theme, from the end of Tangled).
13. Photo Keepsake
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